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The "Adventure Lab" is an idea incubator and collaborative resource hub for women over 40 who are hungry to create epic adventures, even on a shoestring budget. With a focus on asset-building and mentoring, we deal with the whole person in a way that is inclusive, regardless of financial means, and that creates opportunities for women at risk both in our local communities, and in developing nations.

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Where's the Beef? (and how a really bad movie can be a really great tool for checking in with yourself) Where’s the Beef? (and how a really bad movie can be a really great tool for checking in with yourself) 2016/05/18 - I'm always on the look-out for good Adventure Diva movies, and when I stumbled across "I'll See You in My Dreams" on Netflix, I thought I'd found one. I was wrong. The premise was a woman named Carol confronting her age, and realizing her life had become predictable and mundane. With a husband who had been dead for twenty-years, and a handful of friends pushing her to get out there and date again (while simultaneously pushing for her to move to a retirement community), Carol is reluctant to change, until a set of chance encounters turns that on it's head. ᘡ READ MORE ᘠ
David Bowie on Authenticity. What have YOU done that took you out of your comfort zone? What have you done that took you past your comfort zone? 2016/05/13 - David Bowie has some gorgeous wisdom about pushing out of your comfort zone. In fact, I took his advice to heart and pushed way outside of my own. (Click through and I'll tell you a little bit about that, and then I'm going to bust out my magic wand.) So, Adventure Divas, what have YOU done that took you past your comfort zone? How did it turn out? Was it the kind of "Aha! moment" that makes you want to do it again? If you haven't gone there yet, would you like to? What is it that calls to your ᘡ READ MORE ᘠ
What does an Adventure Diva conquering fear look like? Kristina Paltén on a 1,144-mile journey of trust. What does an Adventure Diva conquering fear look like? 2016/05/13 - What does an Adventure Diva conquering fear look like? Kristina Paltén on a 1,144-mile journey of trust. The Swedish ultra-runner began her run through Iran on August 29th 2015. She was to become the first woman ever to cross Iran by foot. Take a peek at the trailer for "Alone through Iran - 1144 miles of trust," a documentary about Kristina Paltén, a lone Swedish woman, who wanted to challenge her own and others prejudices against Islam by running across Iran. "I will tell people about the incredible kindness I have met." -- Kristina Paltén.
Alex and Eva -- Looking for Adam One Son’s Creative Love Letter to His Adventure Diva Mum 2016/04/03 - Alex Lyngaas loves his mum. He loves her so much that he wants to help her find the love of her life. Over the course of a year he had been filming her, but until last May, she had no idea why. 69-year-old adventure diva Eva could be any of us: a woman in act two, living life solo, with someone who cares about us wanting more for us. Take a peek at the moment Eva discovers what her son has been up to, then c'mon back here and weigh in! What would YOU do if you were Eva? Would ᘡ READ MORE ᘠ
How do you let go of drama? How do you let go of drama? 2016/03/31 - "How do you let go of drama? Don’t treat yourself so gingerly; you can let go of stuff. Sometimes it takes three breaths instead of two to do it, but you can do it. Be a little tougher and don’t cling to stuff. People go around carrying everybody’s stuff all of the time. I just pick it up and put it down. Pick it up and put it down. That doesn’t mean I’m not compassionate, it doesn’t mean I don’t love people. But holding onto people’s suffering is not compassionate… for them or for you." - Ram Dass.
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries -- and an Adventure Diva double standard. What do you get when you turn James Bond into a woman? An Adventure Diva nearly banned from network tv … 2015/07/16 - Okay, ladies, I'm about to stir the pot with a little Adventure Diva debate: What do you get when you turn James Bond into a woman? In this case, 1920's fictional Aussie sleuth, Phryne Fisher, and attempts to ban her from network television. Where Bond is considered a man's man, a suave and almost universal role model for men of adventure, lauded for his bedroom prowess, you might be surprised to learn what happens when you flip the gender switch.
What are you afraid of? Not much after watching 82-year-old nurse-turned-action-hero, Kay D’Arcy! What are you afraid of? (Not much after watching 82-year-old nurse-turned-action-hero, Kay D’Arcy!) 2015/04/20 - Ten years ago if you had asked me what I was afraid of, I would have told you: heights, a world chocolate shortage, and snakes. Today? Getting old, getting sick, being alone, being irrelevant, peeing my pants and dying. Aging has a funny way of shifting the lens. (And yes, dignity is often one of the first things to go). When we understand what we are afraid of, we also understand what we need, and that is the key to asset building. There are all kinds of clichés I could apply to this (things like "what we fear we give ᘡ READ MORE ᘠ
Trading places. How asking one simple question can give a whole new perspective. Trading places. How asking one simple question can give a whole new perspective. 2014/09/02 - Needs can be such bothersome things. Sometimes feeding one comes at the expense of another. We're creatures of habit. We love dwelling in our comfort zones, even when it's no longer a smart thing to do. So how do we find the courage to break out of unhealthy behaviours? Try asking this one simple question: If it was my daughter/sister/best friend, what would I tell her to do? Have you ever been in a bad relationship that you just couldn't shake? Men, chocolate, alcohol, cigarettes, a toxic friendship ... you go ahead and fill in the blank. (Okay, so maybe ᘡ READ MORE ᘠ
Could you survive being lost in the woods? Could you survive being lost in the woods? Take Mother Nature Network’s quiz to find out … 2014/08/28 - You've decided to head out for a hike in a beautiful forest. You're enjoying the walk until you notice the trail has disappeared — and you're thoroughly lost. Do you know what to do next? Click the pic to take the quiz and see if you would make it in a survival situation! Then to join us at the Kitchen Table to share your own ideas about cultivating safe adventures ...
What if this is THAT moment? On gutchecks and living life on purpose. 2014/07/01 - Last night my son and his girlfriend were hit by a drunk driver. My heart jumped into my throat when I got the news. It's a mother's worst nightmare, to get that call. You play it over in your head a hundred times when they're out there beyond the reach of your arms, having to admit that you cannot protect them from so many things. How does it end? A life snuffed out? More ruined? Your head is going a thousand miles an hour, living through every horrifying scenario, making bargains with whatever higher power you pray to or hope ᘡ READ MORE ᘠ
Tiny Budget. Big Adventures. 2014/04/04 - Is it possible to have great adventures with very little money, experience or courage? That's what I'm setting out to find out ... Two and a half years ago I moved into a house of my own, newly single for the first time in decades.  Today, turning 51 years old, I've neither crumbled nor entirely flourished.  Never one to sit on the fence, it's time to do lots of the latter! My mother, Nancy Southern, was a woman of great adventure. That's her boot up there in the picture, with me wearing it after she passed the pair on to ᘡ READ MORE ᘠ

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